HOUSTON – The Astros jumped to the top early on the Yankees in the first game of a double-header on Thursday with the help of a pair of junior singles to start the game. They flexed their muscles a bit early on in order to dominate Game 2.
“Our staff did a great job today keeping us in the ball game, and they threw very well to lead us forward,” said Bregman. “McCormick’s lockout proved huge later in the game. We did a good job swinging the bats today. Obviously, not playing for three days. [for the All-Star break]There’s a little rust there, but we’ll be back tomorrow and getting started. “
By defeating the Yankees for the fifth time in seven games this season, the Astros moved through two and a half games of the Bronx Bombers for the best MLS record. They also opened Lead 10 games over AL West on the Mariners, who will put their 14-game winning streak on the line Friday in the series opener against the Astros in Seattle.
“I think we played baseball really well today,” Bregman said. “We landed too late [Thursday night]So hopefully we can get plenty of good sleep and then [Friday] Get back ready to go, show up there ready to compete and ready for battle.”
Right-hander Brandon Bellack, called up to be the 27th man for the double-header, threw 3 1/3 runs from a goalless rest before Aaron Judge hit Homer’s three-stroke ninth to close the gap. With tension mounting, Rafael Monteiro – who scored an eighth goal in the first game – managed to hit Matt Carpenter with a double play at the end of the match.
“You haven’t seen a lot of guys come out and play in both double-header games,” said Dusty Becker, Astros manager. We were trying to get away from that when the day started. …he said he’s fine, feels good, and Bilac ate some good roles against a high-quality team.”
Alvarez was activated from the injured list before the first game and directed a deliberate walk as a discus hitter in the ninth inning before Homer hit his 27th hit of the day in the second game. in the second half, giving him 63 RBIs.
“Beautiful swings and amazing to watch,” said Bregman. “He has been amazing this year, and we are definitely fortunate to have him on this team.”
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